This is one of the best novels I have read of late. Kristin,a teenaged girl of partly native American descent (Ute), leaves the home of herbrother and alcoholic father to search for her beloved mother, Christine, whohas left the family to answer her true calling as a healer to the Ute people.This story so clearly portrays the adolescent longing for an estranged mother,the loneliness of separation from family, and the desperation of a search thatat times feels near to hopeless. But Kristin has a strong spirit andunquenchable determination to find her mother and her true heritage as a nativeAmerican. The hardships and obstacles she encounters every day of the journeyhardens and also matures Kristin as she stands at the threshold of adulthood,but what will she do when she meets the love of her life and must learn totrust and surrender her heart again? Leigh Podgorski paints a scenic picture ofthe Colorado mountain country and the Indian reservation in this beautiful,memorable, coming of age story, which I consider excellent for young and olderreaders alike. I applaud her unique storytelling talent and look forward tomore from this author. Thank you Ms. Podgorski, I didn't want the story to end!